October Webinar Topic: Building Positive Learning Environment

Monthly Seminar Series Designed to Enhance Classroom Practices

Educators searching for quality professional learning – from your own home! – are able to fulfill that need through a new monthly webinar series offered by NSEA.

Teaching professionals will guide discussion on classroom topics at 6:30 p.m. CT on the second Thursday of each month.

The offerings are a component of NSEA’s strategic plan to provide professional growth in the profession. Utilizing the Zoom platforms allows NSEA to reach teachers across the state, wherever they are most comfortable learning. 

The next webinar is Thursday, Oct 10; you can register using the link www.nsea.org/webinars. The session, Building a Positive Classroom Environment, will provide strategies that increase student engagement and improve class participation to support student learning.

Moderating the session will be Kelsey Mitteis, a fourth-grade teacher and member of the Clearwater Orchard Verdigre Unified Education Association. Mitteis is also a virtual instructional coach and local association treasurer. She will be assisted by a member of the National Network of Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY).  NNSTOY is helping NSEA organize the webinars.

Each month’s session will be followed two weeks later, on the fourth Thursday of the month, with a group coaching session and review. That gives time for participants to “test drive” the strategies learned in the first session. The group coaching session will also allow participants to ask questions, fine tune their delivery and share their successes with colleagues from across the state. 

September’s virtual session, Getting a Good Start: Setting Clear Expectations, Classroom Procedures and Routines, had more than 30 registrants. “NSEA is committed to providing the best learning for teachers by teachers,” said NSEA President Jenni Benson. “Using the Zoom platform allows us to reach members across the state conveniently and personally.”

Future second Thursday topics include:

  • November 7: Social-Emotional Learning
  • December 12: Working with Disruptive Students
  • January 9: De-escalation Strategies
  • February 13: Preventing Burnout
  • March 12: Trauma-informed Classrooms
  • April 9: Restorative Practices

For more information, call or email NSEA Organizational Specialist Dr. Cindy Copich at 1-800-742-0047, or: cindy.copich@nsea.org